Free Chinese Lesson - Chinese Idiom: Stand by a Tree Waiting for a Hare

Once upon a time, there was a farmer. One day, while he was working in the fields, he saw a hare run into a tree stump accidentally and die of a broken neck. The farmer took the hare home and cooked a delicious meal for himself.

That night he thought: "I needn't work so hard. All I have to do is wait every day by the stump to pick up the hare that runs into it." So from then on he gave up farming, and stood by the tree stump waiting for the hare to come and run into it. But from then on, he never saw another hare run into the tree stump.

The moral: We shouldn't just wait for a stroke of luck. If we want to do something, we should work hard at it, just like the saying goes, "No pain, no gain." People often use the set phrase "守株待兔" (standing by a tree stump waiting for a hare) to refer to persons dreaming to reap without sowing.